Collagen is a substance that holds the body together. Collagen is a protein in the human body, found in the bones, skin, muscles, cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. It’s also one of the most vital proteins your body needs to function. It’s like a glue, that holds the body together.
There are sixteen different types of collagen but the main ones in our bodies are types 1, 2 and 3. Types 1 and 3 are found in the skin, muscles, connective tissues, bones, and IG tract. Type 2 very important for joint health.
As you age, your body produces less and less collagen. Drinking beverages containing collagen powder, made from animal or fish, may be beneficial by helping offset some of that collagen loss.
In this article, you will learn what are the benefits of collagen powder.
Nutritional Benefits Of Collagen Powder
When you consume collagen protein powder or collagen containing foods your digestive system breaks down into amino acids. The amino acids are absorbed and used as building blocks that support collagen production throughout the body. Collagen is also very easy for us to digest.
Here are the top foods to eat to boost collagen naturally:
- The beef bone broth is one of the rare foods that actually contain collagen, while most foods contain antioxidants and other nutrients to help the body synthesize collagen.
- Chicken and turkey broth are great for supporting the joints.
- Fish is an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids, which helps to reduce inflammation and build healthy skin cells.
- Leafy greens
- Citrus. Vitamin C is necessary to convert your amino acid building blocks into collagen.
- Pumpkin seed
- Chia seeds
May Ease Joint Pain
Collagen has been shown to reduce the risk of joint deterioration, improve joint pain and regenerate cartilage, which is the key to keep you moving like you used to:)
May Reduce Cellulite
Besides keeping your skin look healthy and youthful, collagen may also help to improve the appearance of cellulite. That’s because Types 1 and 2 collagen increase the dermal density(thickness) of the skin improving its elasticity.
Improve Health Of Skin And Hair
As we age, collagen production declines. You will notice it by a looser skin, more wrinkles, and less elasticity. Increasing collagen intake can help your skin look firmer and more youthful. A collagen powder drink may also help the skin retain moisture and look plumper.
Strengthens Nails And Teeth
If your nails are peeling and splitting, well a lack of collagen could be the reason. But everybody is different, and saying that consuming collagen powder or bone broth can definitely make your nails healthy and strong, is irresponsible. It could be many other reasons for nail disorders.
Helps Build Muscle
Collagen is a big component of muscle tissue so it can have a big impact when it comes to building muscle mass. Remember that retaining muscle mass is crucial as you age since it helps support bone health, posture and burns more calories.
May Improve Digestive Health
If you suffer from the leaky gut syndrome, collagen can be super helpful. It helps break down proteins and healing damaged cell walls infusing it with healing amino acids. The amino acids in collagen build the tissue that lines the colon and IG tract, so it helps treat gastrointestinal symptoms and disorders like IBS, leaky gut syndrome, acid reflux, Crohn’s disease.
How To Choose Protein Powder
When buying collagen protein powder or collagen supplements, look for type 1 and 3 or 2 type of collagen, that tailor your needs. Type 1 and 3 collagen are used to support bones, thicken hair, strengthen nails, minimize wrinkles improve skin elasticity and hydration. Type 2 is great to support joints, stiff knees and lower back function.
It’s better to take type 2 separately, but type 1 and 3 can be taken together. If you decide to take all 3 types of collagen powder, try to space them out by several hours.
For the highest quality, I would recommend choosing collagen products:
- Made from organic and/or grass feed cows
- Hydrolyzed (this is a broken down form that easy to absorb)
Collagen is flavorless and dissolves completely, so you can add it to pretty much anything. I prefer to add it to my morning drinks, and chocolate chip muffins! Please share in the comments what is your favorite way to use collagen powder.
Collagen is a great superfood with a lot of health benefits. I hope you are inspired to incorporate it into your favorite drinks, or recipes.
Now you understand the benefits of collagen and you know how easy it is to consume foods to help you produce more collagen, it’s time to start paying attention to your intake level.
Although collagen powder supplements are generally considered safe, they can cause gastrointestinal upset. Before taking collagen powders, please consult with your health provider.